04/11 2018

Best Music Editing Software

Depending on your needs, there are several audio editing software available for use. This list of some of the best music editing software includes free and paid audio editing software as well as PC and browser-based audio editing software.

1. Audacity (Windows, Mac, Linux)

This is one of the best audio editing software. Despite its pro-level set of features, Audacity is a completely free, a result of an open source initiative! Simply cut and paste files to edit using various editing processes. Recording, muting and deleting sections of audio is a breeze. Also available are a range of easy-to-use effects and plugins with a simple impressive UI.

Pros: It allows multi-track editing, noise and vocal reduction, and multi-platform support. Supports live recording and popular audio formats like WAV and MP3 (download a separate encoder for this). It is completely free.

Cons: Destructive mixing/editing method which records effects straight to the audio, so you have to rely on a ‘preview’ button.

2. Ocenaudio (Windows, Mac, Linux)

This new simple free audio editor is fast, easy to use and lightweight with a clean and colourful user interface. Its VST support allows you to use your own plugins. You can easily record audio straight into the software if you like. There are lots of great advanced tools like a spectrogram.

Pros: Ocenaudio is lightweight and allows real-time application and tweaking of various effects including EQ, compression, and reverb.

Cons: Ocenaudio only supports single stereo/mono files which means you can’t do multi-track editing.

3. Hya-Wave (Chrome)

Browser-based DAWs may just be the future of music editing. They are great for recording/editing on the fly without the need to install large software on your computer. As one of the best online audio editors that run in your internet browser, Hya-Wave is simple and user-friendly. You can simply copy, cut, paste, clear and crop your audio to edit.

Pros: You can load tracks, apply live effects and save in the cloud or share to social media or through URL.

Cons: It doesn’t support multi-tracking.

4. WavePad (Windows, Mac, iPad, Android)

WavePad is considered the best music editing software for beginners. It’s easy to install and easy to use pro-level music editing tool. WavePad allows several effects including noise removal, pitch and speed change, audio scrubbing, compression, and reverb. It also has some great standard and advanced analysis tools. For instance, you can perform a lot of functions like copy, insert, silence, auto-trim and more.

Pros: With its batch processing ability, you can apply any effect to several audio files at once. WavePad supports most popular audio format including WAV, MP3, WMA, MP4, FLAC, VOX, OGG, GSM, AAC, and more.

Cons: Multitrack recording requires a software extension. Advanced functionalities are not free.

5. Adobe Audition (Windows, Mac)

This is considered the best music editing software available. Part of Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Audition is a pro-level music editing tool. Adobe Audition offers superb capabilities such as multi-track editing. Expert tutorials are available at the official site of Adobe Audition.

Pros: Great audio restoration tool. Simultaneous multi-track recording and editing. Non-destructive editing/mixing environment. Customisable user interface.

Cons: Subscription-based ownership. It is expensive. Advanced tools may require tutorials.

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